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201E Garland Hall

Research Interests

  • Medical Sociology
    Mental Health


PhD, Indiana University, 2014

Curriculum Vitae

Christy L. Erving

Assistant Professor of Sociology

How do social factors produce and maintain disparities in physical and mental health?

As a whole, my research employs quantitative methods to explore how race, ethnicity, immigrant status, and gender interact to produce differentials in a variety of health outcomes. I’m currently developing a line of research focusing on racial, ethnic, and gender differences in co-occurring physical and mental health problems (physical-mental comorbidity), and the extent to which stress exposure and a variety of psychosocial factors contribute to the onset of comorbid conditions. I am also working on a series of papers examining the extent to which psychosocial factors contribute to racial patterns in psychological well-being.

My research has been funded by the American Sociological Association, Ford Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2014-2016, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at University of Wisconsin, Madison. I completed a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington, and received a B.A. in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Rice University.